The Future of the Printed Book
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This paper examines how reading and more specifically books are changing with the advent of new technologies. In particular, the paper addresses how electronic books, or ebooks, are transforming the way people read. The paper continues by describing the history of electronic books, with an emphasis on the Kindle. It further questions how the Kindle will affect the future of print and discusses some of the Kindle's pitfalls. The paper concludes by stating that electronic books create an increasingly corporate and less competitive literary marketplace.
From the Paper:"When e-books were first introduced on the World Wide Web almost inevitably they were mocked because of the difficulty of reading from a screen. Most of the books were classics released into the public domain by authors, or small, relatively obscure and limited release e-books. Printing these books out was an arduous task, but frequently necessary, to ensure that reading material would be portable. Hauling a clunky laptop to read an entire, lengthy book was almost impossible, and it was impossible to change position to 'get comfortable' when reading a computer screen, or to read in bed. Moreover, for non-public domain texts, e-books had to be downloaded online in a password-protected environment through paid file transfers and then viewed with an applicable e-book reader software program (e-book overview, e-book fanatic, 2007). For many readers, it was less of a hassle to simply go to the library to read for free.'
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